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(Entertainment Weekly)   Ranking the 23 James Bond films. Nothing will top the sheer awesome that was Goldeneye   (ew.com) divider line 227
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2012-11-13 08:41:19 AM
Dalton is probably the only Bond I never have the urge to rewatch when I run across one of this films playing on TV. I find his portrayal so boring.
 
2012-11-13 08:43:11 AM
Nothing will also top the sheer suckitude that is a slideshow. Fortunately, we can deslide this bad boy...
 
2012-11-13 08:50:32 AM
I'm sorry, I thought I just saw a list that included four (4) Roger Moore movies ahead of Dr. No. I must have been mistaken.
 
2012-11-13 09:10:12 AM
The Spy Who Loved Me was the best Bond. It's also the first one where he outright kills a woman, instead of her dying just by being in his proximity. I will admit Domino was hotter than Anya, but, Anya does a nude scene on the sub, so it's that much better.
 
2012-11-13 09:18:45 AM
Sean Connery is the best bond ever. This is not arguable.
 
2012-11-13 09:26:12 AM

BillCo: Sean Connery is the best bond ever. This is not arguable.


You've obviously not seen any of the Craig movies, or read any of the books.
 
2012-11-13 09:30:47 AM
Goldeneye was badass, because it was still about Bond. He fought, he got his ass kicked, and he still succeeded. Every one after that (in the Brosnan era) was more about the technology that Bond and the bad guys carried (invisible car...WTF?!)

Casino Royale was amazing. It brought Bond back to the real world. It showed him getting tortured (the rope scene made me cringe), and still coming out of it looking badass.

QoS was Bond in name only. It was a revenge flick, not a spy flick and had a terrible plot/bad guy motivation to boot.
 
2012-11-13 09:30:50 AM

Sybarite: Dalton is probably the only Bond I never have the urge to rewatch when I run across one of this films playing on TV. I find his portrayal so boring.


i believe the faint-praise word you're seeking is "workmanlike."

/still like dalton
//nearest to connery in badassery
 
2012-11-13 09:34:18 AM

DjangoStonereaver: BillCo: Sean Connery is the best bond ever. This is not arguable.

You've obviously not seen any of the Craig movies, or read any of the books.


You say that like it matters. Sean Connery is Bond.
 
2012-11-13 09:44:13 AM

Sybarite: Dalton is probably the only Bond I never have the urge to rewatch when I run across one of this films playing on TV. I find his portrayal so boring.


I never liked Timothy Dalton as Bond. I remember being very disappointed after watching the first movie with him as Bond. He just wasn't as smooth as James Bond should be.

And with respect to the list, Tomorrow Never Dies needs I higher ranking...if anything because of Michelle Yeoh. She's beautiful and an actual bad ass (only woman Jackie Chan ever ok-ed doing her own stunts). And she was farking 35 when she did that movie and looked like this:

s9.postimage.org
 
2012-11-13 09:52:29 AM
Just saw Skyfall last night and loved it. I get the criticism about the lack of henchman, the lack of a plot to take over the world, no real Bond girls, but I think that is all irrelevant and done primarily by people who have never read the Bond books and don't understand that Skyfall is more true to the character Fleming came up with than any Bond in the past thirty years.
 
2012-11-13 10:04:00 AM
From the article:

23. Moonraker
22. Die Another Day
21. Quantum of Solace
20. The World is Not Enough
19. You Only Live Twice
18. The Living Daylights
17. Diamonds Are Forever
16. The Man With the Golden Gun
15. Tomorrow Never Dies
14. Live and Let Die
13. Dr. No
12. A View to a Kill
11. License to Kill
10. Octopussy
9. For Your Eyes Only
8. The Spy Who Loved Me
7. GoldenEye
6. Casino Royale
5. Thunderball
4. Skyfall
3. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
2. From Russia With Love
1. Goldfinger
 
2012-11-13 10:14:35 AM
Timothy Dalton wasn't THAT bad, and The Living Daylights is way more rewatchable than License to Kill.

Also nice to see On Her Majesty's Secret Service getting some love - that was a well-played story.

But ranking Goldeneye, A View to a Kill and Octopussy ahead of Dr. No is a hangin' crime.
 
2012-11-13 10:21:58 AM

ArkAngel: DjangoStonereaver: BillCo: Sean Connery is the best bond ever. This is not arguable.

You've obviously not seen any of the Craig movies, or read any of the books.

You say that like it matters. Sean Connery is Bond.


Ah, I see.

You must frequent the Politics tab a lot.
 
2012-11-13 10:24:45 AM
...did they...just list...On Her Majesty's Secret Service at #3...??

That movie was AWFUL. Unwatchable. Horribly godawful.

/ the rest of the list was solid, though
 
2012-11-13 10:25:18 AM

Rincewind53: Just saw Skyfall last night and loved it. I get the criticism about the lack of henchman, the lack of a plot to take over the world, no real Bond girls, but I think that is all irrelevant and done primarily by people who have never read the Bond books and don't understand that Skyfall is more true to the character Fleming came up with than any Bond in the past thirty years.


All this is absolutely true, but with SKYFALL, they gave Craig's Bond a slight polish so that while he is
as thuggish as the literary Bond, he has a veneer of the movie Bond's smoothness that, for me,
makes him the perfect Bond.
 
2012-11-13 10:27:15 AM

Wellon Dowd: From the article:

23. Moonraker

21. Quantum of Solace
20. The World is Not Enough
19. You Only Live Twice
18. The Living Daylights
17. Diamonds Are Forever
16. The Man With the Golden Gun
15. Tomorrow Never Dies
14. Live and Let Die
13. Dr. No
12. A View to a Kill
11. License to Kill
10. Octopussy
9. For Your Eyes Only
8. The Spy Who Loved Me
7. GoldenEye
6. Casino Royale
5. Thunderball
4. Skyfall
3. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
2. From Russia With Love
1. Goldfinger



Let me fix this list.  I'm a Connery>Brosnan>Craig>Moore>Dalton man myself.  Lazenby was okay that movie was awfully unwatchable.  Kojak?
 
My top 5:

Thunderball
Goldeneye
Goldfinger
From Russia With Love
Casino Royale
 
Then a bunch of them
 
My bottom 5:
 
Moonraker
Never say Never Again
The Man with the Golden Gun
Live and Let Die
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (health food was the plot)
 
Best fight scene?  Train with Robert Shaw in From Russia With Love.  But Thunderball has a great finale with a 20 minute underwater 50 on 50 fight scene. 
Best Bond girl?  Pussy Galore
Best Felix? The black guy in Quantum of Silence and Casino Royale.
 
2012-11-13 10:30:25 AM

DjangoStonereaver: Rincewind53: Just saw Skyfall last night and loved it. I get the criticism about the lack of henchman, the lack of a plot to take over the world, no real Bond girls, but I think that is all irrelevant and done primarily by people who have never read the Bond books and don't understand that Skyfall is more true to the character Fleming came up with than any Bond in the past thirty years.

All this is absolutely true, but with SKYFALL, they gave Craig's Bond a slight polish so that while he is
as thuggish as the literary Bond, he has a veneer of the movie Bond's smoothness that, for me,
makes him the perfect Bond.



Haven't seen it yet.  From the trailers that looks right.  Craig can do charming and funny.  They just didn't bother with that in Casino Royale or QoS.  If they had, he'd be the top Bond.  They did too much of that with Brosnan and Moore.  Dalton, Lazenby, and Craig have been thuggish boring James Bonds even if more closely resembling the Ian Fleming Bond.  Craig has been dazzling in his fight scenes though.  He just needed some...polish.
 
2012-11-13 10:44:33 AM

I_C_Weener: DjangoStonereaver: Rincewind53: Just saw Skyfall last night and loved it. I get the criticism about the lack of henchman, the lack of a plot to take over the world, no real Bond girls, but I think that is all irrelevant and done primarily by people who have never read the Bond books and don't understand that Skyfall is more true to the character Fleming came up with than any Bond in the past thirty years.

All this is absolutely true, but with SKYFALL, they gave Craig's Bond a slight polish so that while he is
as thuggish as the literary Bond, he has a veneer of the movie Bond's smoothness that, for me,
makes him the perfect Bond.


Haven't seen it yet.  From the trailers that looks right.  Craig can do charming and funny.  They just didn't bother with that in Casino Royale or QoS.  If they had, he'd be the top Bond.  They did too much of that with Brosnan and Moore.  Dalton, Lazenby, and Craig have been thuggish boring James Bonds even if more closely resembling the Ian Fleming Bond.  Craig has been dazzling in his fight scenes though.  He just needed some...polish.


Craig is the James Bond-equivalent of a nice, understated French manicure.

Moore, OTOH, is one of those lacquered on appliques with lots of spangles and pictures of kitties.
 
2012-11-13 10:51:22 AM
Uh, okay. I'll say it.

SKYFALL made me need new pants as a life-long Bond movie fan. All of the mytharc callbacks, and half-answered lore teasers (Including the hint that the "people" are truely different people, despite all being the same name and designators) were awesome.

And the old Aston Marton with the ejector seat? Wonderful.
 
2012-11-13 10:51:45 AM

DjangoStonereaver: Moore, OTOH, is one of those lacquered on appliques with lots of spangles and pictures of kitties.



Moore's problem was that he wasn't the Saint anymore.  He was a charicature of himself like Shatner.  And he was caught in the 1970s.  Brown suits, bell bottoms.  Octopussy was his best.  For Your Eyes Only was very good.  A View to a Kill was okay.  Moonraker unwatchable.  That Yaphet Kotto movie could have been better.
 
Craig is just all about the death toll in the first two movies.  A Jason Bourne.  A kiling machine but no sense of style or humor or fun.  Great action though.
 
I have high hopes that Skyfall makes him more fun.
 
2012-11-13 11:08:47 AM
Connery's the best movie Bond. Craig came close in Casino Royale, but in the end, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall both sucked.
 
2012-11-13 11:12:55 AM
I have to go with GoldenEye as well. Brosnan was a smooth badass, M was a total biatch and Sean Bean was a great pissed off villain. And it had the hottest Bond girls.
 
2012-11-13 11:14:18 AM

I_C_Weener: DjangoStonereaver: Moore, OTOH, is one of those lacquered on appliques with lots of spangles and pictures of kitties.


Moore's problem was that he wasn't the Saint anymore.  He was a charicature of himself like Shatner.  And he was caught in the 1970s.  Brown suits, bell bottoms.  Octopussy was his best.  For Your Eyes Only was very good.  A View to a Kill was okay.  Moonraker unwatchable.  That Yaphet Kotto movie could have been better.


RTV is showing the ITV SAINTs, and I was amazed at how much of a badass Moore could be.

Pity almost none of that translated into his James Bond.
 
2012-11-13 11:19:47 AM
The World is Not Enough should have been much higher o the list. It had the best theme song, IMO. Robbie Coltrane kicked some ass and Bond was pretty cold blooded in that one.
 
2012-11-13 11:33:38 AM

kronicfeld: I'm sorry, I thought I just saw a list that included four (4) Roger Moore movies ahead of Dr. No. I must have been mistaken.


This tells me I need not look at the list.

Moore = Bill Shatner
 
2012-11-13 11:35:39 AM

Sybarite: Dalton is probably the only Bond I never have the urge to rewatch when I run across one of this films playing on TV. I find his portrayal so boring.


I don't blame him. He's more Bond-like in several other roles than he was actually as Bond. Bad scripts. Bad direction.
 
2012-11-13 11:38:51 AM
as an aside, I always hated the title "Goldeneye." It felt like a half-ass title made up because it sounded like a James Bond title; that further annoys me because it also sounds too much like Goldfinger.
 
2012-11-13 11:40:05 AM
Barbara Bach (Agent XXX) was the best Bond girl ever. Nope sorry, not debatable, no discussion, she was the best, LALALALALALALALALALALALA I CAN'T HEAR YOU!
 
2012-11-13 11:44:11 AM
Quantum of Solace wasn't that bad.
 
2012-11-13 11:47:30 AM

Wellon Dowd: From the article:

23. Moonraker
22. Die Another Day
21. Quantum of Solace
20. The World is Not Enough
19. You Only Live Twice
18. The Living Daylights
17. Diamonds Are Forever
16. The Man With the Golden Gun
15. Tomorrow Never Dies
14. Live and Let Die
13. Dr. No
12. A View to a Kill
11. License to Kill
10. Octopussy
9. For Your Eyes Only
8. The Spy Who Loved Me
7. GoldenEye
6. Casino Royale
5. Thunderball
4. Skyfall
3. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
2. From Russia With Love
1. Goldfinger


A View to a Kill and License to Kill are rated higher than Dr. No, the only Bond movie where he did actual spy stuff? And somehow Skyfall is the 4th best Bond movie? Moonraker is somehow worse than Die Another Day? This list is random.
 
2012-11-13 11:48:01 AM
I believe I have seen them all except Skyfall, but I can only remember maybe 8 of them distinctly. Everything about Roger Moore was forgettable.

Thunderball, Goldeneye, Casino Royale, and Goldfinger are the ones the stand out as the best of the series.
 
2012-11-13 11:48:40 AM
Oh, and somehow Octopussy is the 10th best Bond film? On what planet? I'm not a Bond expert, but that seems very unlikely.
 
2012-11-13 11:49:16 AM
I'm going to be thoroughly drubbed for this, but I like Dalton the best followed by Craig and then Connery. Moore is too much a wiseass and Brosnan is a modern Moore. Lazenby...forgettable.
 
2012-11-13 11:49:50 AM
I like GoldenEye but mostly because I've always had a thing for Famke Janssen and she was pretty damn hot in that movie:

images.hollywood.com
 
2012-11-13 11:53:28 AM
Tthe Bond actor who you grew up with becomes, de facto, your definitive Bond.

Discuss.
 
2012-11-13 11:54:13 AM

docmattic: Tthe Bond actor who you grew up with becomes, de facto, your definitive Bond.

Discuss.



That's a long winded way of saying I'm old isn't it?  Well get off my Sean Connery lawn!!!
 
2012-11-13 11:57:12 AM

docmattic: Tthe Bond actor who you grew up with becomes, de facto, your definitive Bond.

Discuss.


Doubtful. I was born in 1977 and Dalton can never be Bond. Prince of the Robin Hood people, but never James Bond.
 
2012-11-13 11:58:03 AM
Goldeneye will always be my #1 because of the N64 game. Nick Nack and Proximity Mines FTW!
 
2012-11-13 12:00:58 PM
 
2012-11-13 12:01:21 PM

docmattic: Tthe Bond actor who you grew up with becomes, de facto, your definitive Bond.

Discuss.


No. By my age Moore and Dalton should be "my" Bonds. But in all actuality I'd put Connery #1 and Craig #2.
 
2012-11-13 12:02:55 PM

ArkAngel: DjangoStonereaver: BillCo: Sean Connery is the best bond ever. This is not arguable.

You've obviously not seen any of the Craig movies, or read any of the books.

You say that like it matters. Sean Connery is Bond.


Who the fark reads Ian Fleming novels?
 
2012-11-13 12:02:56 PM

Lego_Addict: Goldeneye will always be my #1 because of the N64 game. Nick Nack and Proximity Mines FTW!


No Oddjob!!!!
 
2012-11-13 12:04:02 PM

BronyMedic: Uh, okay. I'll say it.

SKYFALL made me need new pants as a life-long Bond movie fan. All of the mytharc callbacks, and half-answered lore teasers (Including the hint that the "people" are truely different people, despite all being the same name and designators) were awesome.

And the old Aston Marton with the ejector seat? Wonderful.


It made absolutely zero sense for this car to be in the movie. There's only one James Bond; Sean Connery's Bond doesn't exist in the Daniel Craig Bond universe. Are we to believe that this Aston Martin was just some MI6 relic? Bond won a DB5 in Casino Royale. It should have been this car in the movie (sans ejector seat and machine guns) that Bond had simply been keeping in storage.

I was actually really disappointed with Skyfall. Clunky dialogue, CGI komodo dragons, and the silly Home Alone ending kind of ruined it for me.

/Casino Royale is still my favorite
//Dr. No and Goldeneye are close seconds
 
2012-11-13 12:05:45 PM

whistleridge: That movie was AWFUL. Unwatchable. Horribly godawful.

/ the rest of the list was solid, though


Lazenby actually went 'undercover' using accents and costumes to be more 'spy-like', so there is that, but it's not what we expect from Bond, so it was out of place. Also, the director made it a little too campy for my tastes, the sets looked like upscale Batman or Green Hornet sets.
 
2012-11-13 12:05:52 PM

FeedTheCollapse: as an aside, I always hated the title "Goldeneye." It felt like a half-ass title made up because it sounded like a James Bond title; that further annoys me because it also sounds too much like Goldfinger.


If I'm not mistaken, Goldeneye was the name of Fleming's Jamaican estate. It was a way for the writers to pay homage to the author after they ran out of actual Bond titles.
 
2012-11-13 12:06:01 PM

cgraves67: I'm going to be thoroughly drubbed for this, but I like Dalton the best followed by Craig and then Connery. Moore is too much a wiseass and Brosnan is a modern Moore. Lazenby...forgettable.


You've got to remember that Timothy Dalton was stepping in after 12 years of Roger Moore. He was precisely what the franchise needed at that point. Less humorous, more hard-edged, almost all the things Daniel Craig is being praised for now, actually.

Robert Davi as Sanchez from "Licence To Kill" has to be one of the best, if not the best Bond villains ever.
 
2012-11-13 12:06:46 PM
I thought TWINE was a shiat ton better than the likes of octopussy. Other than that Goldfinger, Goldeneye, and Casino Royale are my faves. That was a cool factoid about Goldeneye.
 
2012-11-13 12:11:19 PM
I blame Moore for turning the Bond series into a mockery of itself that took 30 years to set right. I honestly think Dalton could have been a better Bond if it weren't for people being so used to Moore's slapstick nonsense. He wanted to make Bond serious again, and over-corrected.

Goldeneye was pretty awesome, and is the exception to the rule.
 
2012-11-13 12:16:04 PM

docmattic: Tthe Bond actor who you grew up with becomes, de facto, your definitive Bond.

Discuss.


I grew up with Roger Moore and, no.
 
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